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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931012/cbta-toxin-of-escherichia-coli-inhibits-cell-division-and-cell-elongation-via-direct-and-independent-interactions-with-ftsz-and-mreb
#1
Danielle M Heller, Mrinalini Tavag, Ann Hochschild
The toxin components of toxin-antitoxin modules, found in bacterial plasmids, phages, and chromosomes, typically target a single macromolecule to interfere with an essential cellular process. An apparent exception is the chromosomally encoded toxin component of the E. coli CbtA/CbeA toxin-antitoxin module, which can inhibit both cell division and cell elongation. A small protein of only 124 amino acids, CbtA, was previously proposed to interact with both FtsZ, a tubulin homolog that is essential for cell division, and MreB, an actin homolog that is essential for cell elongation...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926578/tet-mediated-dna-hydroxymethylation-regulates-retinal-neurogenesis-by-modulating-cell-extrinsic-signaling-pathways
#2
Pawat Seritrakul, Jeffrey M Gross
DNA hydroxymethylation has recently been shown to play critical roles in regulating gene expression and terminal differentiation events in a variety of developmental contexts. However, little is known about its function during eye development. Methylcytosine dioxygenases of the Tet family convert 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), an epigenetic mark thought to serve as a precursor for DNA demethylation and as a stable mark in neurons. Here, we report a requirement for Tet activity during zebrafish retinal neurogenesis...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922417/lingering-single-strand-breaks-trigger-rad51-independent-homology-directed-repair-of-collapsed-replication-forks-in-the-polynucleotide-kinase-phosphatase-mutant-of-fission-yeast
#3
Arancha Sanchez, Mariana C Gadaleta, Oliver Limbo, Paul Russell
The DNA repair enzyme polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP) protects genome integrity by restoring ligatable 5'-phosphate and 3'-hydroxyl termini at single-strand breaks (SSBs). In humans, PNKP mutations underlie the neurological disease known as MCSZ, but these individuals are not predisposed for cancer, implying effective alternative repair pathways in dividing cells. Homology-directed repair (HDR) of collapsed replication forks was proposed to repair SSBs in PNKP-deficient cells, but the critical HDR protein Rad51 is not required in PNKP-null (pnk1Δ) cells of Schizosaccharomyces pombe...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922373/dynein-light-chain-regulates-adaptive-and-innate-b-cell-development-by-distinctive-genetic-mechanisms
#4
Ashleigh King, Lingli Li, David M Wong, Rui Liu, Rebecca Bamford, Andreas Strasser, David M Tarlinton, Jörg Heierhorst
Mechanistic differences in the development and function of adaptive, high-affinity antibody-producing B-2 cells and innate-like, "natural" antibody-producing B-1a cells remain poorly understood. Here we show that the multi-functional dynein light chain (DYNLL1/LC8) plays important roles in the establishment of B-1a cells in the peritoneal cavity and in the ongoing development of B-2 lymphoid cells in the bone marrow of mice. Epistasis analyses indicate that Dynll1 regulates B-1a and early B-2 cell development in a single, linear pathway with its direct transcriptional activator ASCIZ (ATMIN/ZNF822), and that the two genes also have complementary functions during late B-2 cell development...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922357/analysis-of-nuclear-and-organellar-genomes-of-plasmodium-knowlesi-in-humans-reveals-ancient-population-structure-and-recent-recombination-among-host-specific-subpopulations
#5
Ernest Diez Benavente, Paola Florez de Sessions, Robert W Moon, Anthony A Holder, Michael J Blackman, Cally Roper, Christopher J Drakeley, Arnab Pain, Colin J Sutherland, Martin L Hibberd, Susana Campino, Taane G Clark
The macaque parasite Plasmodium knowlesi is a significant concern in Malaysia where cases of human infection are increasing. Parasites infecting humans originate from genetically distinct subpopulations associated with the long-tailed (Macaca fascicularis (Mf)) or pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina (Mn)). We used a new high-quality reference genome to re-evaluate previously described subpopulations among human and macaque isolates from Malaysian-Borneo and Peninsular-Malaysia. Nuclear genomes were dimorphic, as expected, but new evidence of chromosomal-segment exchanges between subpopulations was found...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915241/the-relative-contribution-of-dna-methylation-and-genetic-variants-on-protein-biomarkers-for-human-diseases
#6
Muhammad Ahsan, Weronica E Ek, Mathias Rask-Andersen, Torgny Karlsson, Allan Lind-Thomsen, Stefan Enroth, Ulf Gyllensten, Åsa Johansson
Associations between epigenetic alterations and disease status have been identified for many diseases. However, there is no strong evidence that epigenetic alterations are directly causal for disease pathogenesis. In this study, we combined SNP and DNA methylation data with measurements of protein biomarkers for cancer, inflammation or cardiovascular disease, to investigate the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic variation on biomarker levels. A total of 121 protein biomarkers were measured and analyzed in relation to DNA methylation at 470,000 genomic positions and to over 10 million SNPs...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915238/a-high-resolution-atlas-of-gene-expression-in-the-domestic-sheep-ovis-aries
#7
Emily L Clark, Stephen J Bush, Mary E B McCulloch, Iseabail L Farquhar, Rachel Young, Lucas Lefevre, Clare Pridans, Hiu Tsang, Chunlei Wu, Cyrus Afrasiabi, Mick Watson, C Bruce Whitelaw, Tom C Freeman, Kim M Summers, Alan L Archibald, David A Hume
Sheep are a key source of meat, milk and fibre for the global livestock sector, and an important biomedical model. Global analysis of gene expression across multiple tissues has aided genome annotation and supported functional annotation of mammalian genes. We present a large-scale RNA-Seq dataset representing all the major organ systems from adult sheep and from several juvenile, neonatal and prenatal developmental time points. The Ovis aries reference genome (Oar v3.1) includes 27,504 genes (20,921 protein coding), of which 25,350 (19,921 protein coding) had detectable expression in at least one tissue in the sheep gene expression atlas dataset...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915237/dna-replication-stress-restricts-ribosomal-dna-copy-number
#8
Devika Salim, William D Bradford, Amy Freeland, Gillian Cady, Jianmin Wang, Steven C Pruitt, Jennifer L Gerton
Ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs) in budding yeast are encoded by ~100-200 repeats of a 9.1kb sequence arranged in tandem on chromosome XII, the ribosomal DNA (rDNA) locus. Copy number of rDNA repeat units in eukaryotic cells is maintained far in excess of the requirement for ribosome biogenesis. Despite the importance of the repeats for both ribosomal and non-ribosomal functions, it is currently not known how "normal" copy number is determined or maintained. To identify essential genes involved in the maintenance of rDNA copy number, we developed a droplet digital PCR based assay to measure rDNA copy number in yeast and used it to screen the yeast conditional temperature-sensitive mutant collection of essential genes...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910288/genomics-enabled-analysis-of-the-emergent-disease-cotton-bacterial-blight
#9
Anne Z Phillips, Jeffrey C Berry, Mark C Wilson, Anupama Vijayaraghavan, Jillian Burke, J Imani Bunn, Tom W Allen, Terry Wheeler, Rebecca S Bart
Cotton bacterial blight (CBB), an important disease of (Gossypium hirsutum) in the early 20th century, had been controlled by resistant germplasm for over half a century. Recently, CBB re-emerged as an agronomic problem in the United States. Here, we report analysis of cotton variety planting statistics that indicate a steady increase in the percentage of susceptible cotton varieties grown each year since 2009. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that strains from the current outbreak cluster with race 18 Xanthomonas citri pv...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910278/defective-erythropoiesis-caused-by-mutations-of-the-thyroid-hormone-receptor-%C3%AE-gene
#10
Sunmi Park, Cho Rong Han, Jeong Won Park, Li Zhao, Xuguang Zhu, Mark Willingham, David M Bodine, Sheue-Yann Cheng
Patients with mutations of the THRA gene exhibit classical features of hypothyroidism, including erythroid disorders. We previously created a mutant mouse expressing a mutated TRα1 (denoted as PV; Thra1PV/+ mouse) that faithfully reproduces the classical hypothyroidism seen in patients. Using Thra1PV/+ mice, we explored how the TRα1PV mutant acted to cause abnormalities in erythropoiesis. Thra1PV/+ mice exhibited abnormal red blood cell indices similarly as reported for patients. The total bone marrow cells and erythrocytic progenitors were markedly reduced in the bone marrow of Thra1PV/+ mice...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910277/interplay-between-microtubule-bundling-and-sorting-factors-ensures-acentriolar-spindle-stability-during-c-elegans-oocyte-meiosis
#11
Timothy J Mullen, Sarah M Wignall
In many species, oocyte meiosis is carried out in the absence of centrioles. As a result, microtubule organization, spindle assembly, and chromosome segregation proceed by unique mechanisms. Here, we report insights into the principles underlying this specialized form of cell division, through studies of C. elegans KLP-15 and KLP-16, two highly homologous members of the kinesin-14 family of minus-end-directed kinesins. These proteins localize to the acentriolar oocyte spindle and promote microtubule bundling during spindle assembly; following klp-15/16 depletion, microtubule bundles form but then collapse into a disorganized array...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892495/chlamydomonas-dyx1c1-pf23-is-essential-for-axonemal-assembly-and-proper-morphology-of-inner-dynein-arms
#12
Ryosuke Yamamoto, Jagan M Obbineni, Lea M Alford, Takahiro Ide, Mikito Owa, Juyeon Hwang, Takahide Kon, Kazuo Inaba, Noliyanda James, Stephen M King, Takashi Ishikawa, Winfield S Sale, Susan K Dutcher
Cytoplasmic assembly of ciliary dyneins, a process known as preassembly, requires numerous non-dynein proteins, but the identities and functions of these proteins are not fully elucidated. Here, we show that the classical Chlamydomonas motility mutant pf23 is defective in the Chlamydomonas homolog of DYX1C1. The pf23 mutant has a 494 bp deletion in the DYX1C1 gene and expresses a shorter DYX1C1 protein in the cytoplasm. Structural analyses, using cryo-ET, reveal that pf23 axonemes lack most of the inner dynein arms...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892488/self-fertility-in-chromocrea-spinulosa-is-a-consequence-of-direct-repeat-mediated-loss-of-mat1-2-subsequent-imbalance-of-nuclei-differing-in-mating-type-and-recognition-between-unlike-nuclei-in-a-common-cytoplasm
#13
Sung-Hwan Yun, Hee-Kyoung Kim, Theresa Lee, B Gillian Turgeon
The filamentous fungus Chromocrea spinulosa (Trichoderma spinulosum) exhibits both self-fertile (homothallic) and self-sterile (heterothallic) sexual reproductive behavior. Self-fertile strains produce progeny cohorts that are 50% homothallic, 50% heterothallic. Heterothallic progeny can mate only with homothallic strains, and progeny also segregate 50% homothallic, 50% heterothallic. Sequencing of the mating type (MAT) region of homothallic and heterothallic strains revealed that both carry an intact MAT1-1 locus with three MAT1-1 genes (MAT1-1-1, MAT1-1-2, MAT1-1-3), as previously described for the Sordariomycete group of filamentous fungi...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910285/correction-effect-of-insulin-resistance-on-monounsaturated-fatty-acid-levels-a-multi-cohort-non-targeted-metabolomics-and-mendelian-randomization-study
#14
Christoph Nowak, Samira Salihovic, Andrea Ganna, Stefan Brandmaier, Taru Tukiainen, Corey D Broeckling, Patrik K Magnusson, Jessica E Prenni, Rui Wang-Sattler, Annette Peters, Konstantin Strauch, Thomas Meitinger, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Johan Ärnlöv, Christian Berne, Christian Gieger, Samuli Ripatti, Lars Lind, Nancy L Pedersen, Johan Sundström, Erik Ingelsson, Tove Fall
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006379.].
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902852/genome-wide-chromatin-mapping-with-size-resolution-reveals-a-dynamic-sub-nucleosomal-landscape-in-arabidopsis
#15
Daniel Antony Pass, Emily Sornay, Angela Marchbank, Margaret R Crawford, Konrad Paszkiewicz, Nicholas A Kent, James A H Murray
All eukaryotic genomes are packaged as chromatin, with DNA interlaced with both regularly patterned nucleosomes and sub-nucleosomal-sized protein structures such as mobile and labile transcription factors (TF) and initiation complexes, together forming a dynamic chromatin landscape. Whilst details of nucleosome position in Arabidopsis have been previously analysed, there is less understanding of their relationship to more dynamic sub-nucleosomal particles (subNSPs) defined as protected regions shorter than the ~150bp typical of nucleosomes...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898238/glucosamine-stimulates-pheromone-independent-dimorphic-transition-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-by-promoting-crz1-nuclear-translocation
#16
Xinping Xu, Jianfeng Lin, Youbao Zhao, Elyssa Kirkman, Yee-Seul So, Yong-Sun Bahn, Xiaorong Lin
Morphotype switch is a cellular response to external and internal cues. The Cryptococcus neoformans species complex can undergo morphological transitions between the yeast and the hypha form, and such morphological changes profoundly affect cryptococcal interaction with various hosts. Filamentation in Cryptococcus was historically considered a mating response towards pheromone. Recent studies indicate the existence of pheromone-independent signaling pathways but their identity or the effectors remain unknown...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892484/six1-is-essential-for-differentiation-and-patterning-of-the-mammalian-auditory-sensory-epithelium
#17
Ting Zhang, Jinshu Xu, Pascal Maire, Pin-Xian Xu
The organ of Corti in the cochlea is a two-cell layered epithelium: one cell layer of mechanosensory hair cells that align into one row of inner and three rows of outer hair cells interdigitated with one cell layer of underlying supporting cells along the entire length of the cochlear spiral. These two types of epithelial cells are derived from common precursors in the four- to five-cell layered primordium and acquire functionally important shapes during terminal differentiation through the thinning process and convergent extension...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886022/ftsex-mediated-regulation-of-the-final-stages-of-cell-division-reveals-morphogenetic-plasticity-in-caulobacter-crescentus
#18
Elizabeth L Meier, Allison K Daitch, Qing Yao, Anant Bhargava, Grant J Jensen, Erin D Goley
During its life cycle, Caulobacter crescentus undergoes a series of coordinated shape changes, including generation of a polar stalk and reshaping of the cell envelope to produce new daughter cells through the process of cytokinesis. The mechanisms by which these morphogenetic processes are coordinated in time and space remain largely unknown. Here we demonstrate that the conserved division complex FtsEX controls both the early and late stages of cytokinesis in C. crescentus, namely initiation of constriction and final cell separation...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886012/the-adiponectin-receptor-adipor2-and-its-caenorhabditis-elegans-homolog-paqr-2-prevent-membrane-rigidification-by-exogenous-saturated-fatty-acids
#19
Ranjan Devkota, Emma Svensk, Mario Ruiz, Marcus Ståhlman, Jan Borén, Marc Pilon
Dietary fatty acids can be incorporated directly into phospholipids. This poses a specific challenge to cellular membranes since their composition, hence properties, could greatly vary with different diets. That vast variations in diets are tolerated therefore implies the existence of regulatory mechanisms that monitor and regulate membrane compositions. Here we show that the adiponectin receptor AdipoR2, and its C. elegans homolog PAQR-2, are essential to counter the membrane rigidifying effects of exogenously provided saturated fatty acids...
September 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880873/-t-bet-ing-on-autoimmunity-variants
#20
Michelle L T Nguyen, Dimitre R Simeonov, Alexander Marson
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September 2017: PLoS Genetics
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